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- From Remedy, the masters of cinematic action, comes a 3rd person action game filled with overwhelming odds
- Alan Wake is like a tightly paced thriller TV series, offering endless twists and cliffhangers, and building up to an epic conclusion.
- Light is your greatest weapon and only protection as dark¬ness takes over everything and everyone, and turns them against you.
- Episodic narrative
- Suspenseful and gripping storyline
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When the wife of the best-selling writer Alan Wake disappears on their vacation, his search turns up pages from a thriller he doesn’t even remember writing. A dark presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, Washington pushing Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save the woman he loves. With the body of an action game and the mind of a psychological thriller, Alan Wake is a pulse-pounding thrill ride.
Alan Wake, developed by Remedy Entertainment for the Xbox 360, is psychological action thriller that incorporates the elements of a TV show with the interactivity of a video game for a uniquely immersive experience. A suspenseful story told in successive episodes, this release will treat players to top-notch graphics that give the game a stunning cinematic look.
Alan Wake is a bestselling horror novelist who moved to the small town of Bright Falls, Washington after suffering from insomnia and depression. Wake is able to sleep again, but after he meets a mysterious woman, he begins to have terrible nightmares. As he puts these nightmares on paper for a new book, he soon notices that all the things that happen in his book are coming true right before his eyes.
Using cinematic effects and technology such as real-time lighting, shadows and reflections, you'll be treated to a game that is oozing with atmosphere and able to invoke an emotional response from the player. The realistic environment features real-time weather and light changes that effect the game play for a remarkably immersive experience.
Explore an Entire Town
The town of Bright Falls is 100 square kilometers, and players will be able to roam through this incredibly detailed area any way they like, roaming the town or wandering out to the lakes, forest, satellite towns, and more. The game gives the player goals, but how he chooses to go about completing them is up to him. Clues are scattered throughout the town, and solving mysteries will require players to pay close attention to the little details.
In addition to solving puzzles and exploration, the game also pushes players into serious action and combat; when night comes, creatures will take their best shots at Alan, and you'll have to be quick with strategy as well as weapons to beat them back.
Alan Wake presents an unusual and new gaming experience that features a riveting, multi-layered story while giving the player the ability to freely roam a giant environment. It supports Dolby Digital sound.
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Update- After playing through the whole game, I changed my score from a 4 to a 5. This is a wonderful game and I love it. I just wish it'd come out on PS3 so my friends that don't have a 360 could play it but I know the company has no plans to do so.
- A Nice Cast of Characters - All of the characters in Alan Wake are interesting, including Wake himself.
- A Well Realized World - Whether you're in the Brightfalls Diner or roaming the Brightfalls dark and foggy woods at night, the world that Remedy has created for Alan Wake is oozing with atmosphere. Top notch.
- Excellent Voice Acting - Each character has a voice that matches their model perfectly. It all feels very natural, nothing feels forced.
- The Storyline - Unlike other games, in Alan Wake you're a writer whose going through marriage issues and other pretty awful things. Add to all of this the fact that your spooky stories have mixed with reality and you're in for one heck of a ride.
- Simple Gameplay With a Twist - Alan Wake is at its heart a third-person shooter, but it mixes light into the equation to make it go beyond the norm. Your flashlight, and other light sources around the environment, is a necessary tool if you want to survive this tale.
- Graphics - Nice lighting, nicely detailed environments, etc. It looks great.
- Some Minor Repetition - Most of the combat is the same, so it does become a little bit repetitious at times.
- Wonky Animations and Lip Sync - Some of the characters could've animated better during cutscenes.
Other than a few minor complaints, Alan Wake is easily one of my favorite games I've ever played. I highly recommend this one.
Story - Alan Wake is a very popular writer, who hasn't wrote anything for about 2 years. He now is on vacation with his wife (Alice). In a small town called Bright Falls. Without giving too much away for those who haven't played it yet, I'll keep it brief.
You arrive in Bright Falls with your wife who has a phobia of the dark. Your wife goes missing soon after your arrival. Wake travels through the town trying to find his wife, a lot of the game has you running through the woods and such during the night.
Alan Wake soon discovers pages all around the town, to a thriller that he can't remember writing. With this and many other mysteries, the game will have you hooked all the way through and have you on the edge of your seat. It really does a good job adding suspenseful moments with some well done horror moments also. This game is very dark and can freak you out sometimes. They do a great job with many twists and turns without any plot holes. The story was very well written and will for sure keep you interested the whole time.
The game plays out just like a TV series, with episodes (instead of chapters) that end with cliffhangers and then begin with a short "Previously on Alan Wake" bit, which I thought was a great idea. Bottom line for the story is that it is a fantastic story and one of my favorite story lines. I feel most people will enjoy this one.
Gameplay - Alan Wake really takes "Darkness" seriously. The bad people that try to kill you in the game are known as the "Taken" basically they are humans possessed with darkness. Light will become your best friend, as its the only way to kill the Taken. You must shine your flashlight at them to remove the darkness and when the darkness is gone you can use a gun to kill them. This became insanely addictive, I've had so much fun with it, really original and nothing like I've seen before. I like having something to do other than just run and gun. Between flash bangs, flares and other weapons, the gameplay in Alan Wake is one of the most fun times I had in a video game. It was very thought out and very well done. The only complaint I had was the jumping, when he tries to jump onto a ledge or something he seems to be a little unstable, a lot of times sliding right off unless you jump on it exactly right.
Bottom line is that the gameplay is addictive and just all around fun, it was something new which I love to see, and not only that but it was done so well, they did a excellent job and I think most people will agree with me on this one.
Sound - From the amazing original soundtrack to the well chosen licensed soundtrack to some pretty creepy sound effects to outstanding voice acting, the sound design was excellent in Alan Wake. First off the original tracks were very well done they captured the mood with their amazing music and just the right time, and nothing was over the top either, it was a very good soundtrack that is worth buying.
Not only will there be original songs but also a good selection of licensed tracks. From artist like "Poets of the Fall". "David Bowie" and "Poe". I'll be honest and say I haven't heard of most the bands they used but I have to hand it to them, they made a excellent choice, I really enjoyed the soundtrack that I even purchased some of the songs after I heard them. They were all perfect choices for the game and how they were used.
The original music tracks were also very well done and really brought you inside Wakes world. They really brought a nice dark feel over the horror like atmosphere. Each track fit perfectly and was very enjoyable, it also added really well to the suspenseful moments that the game throws at you throughout.
Graphics - The overall graphics were not anything ground breaking but they are far from anything "ugly". They did an excellent job on the atmosphere and truly brought a realistic feel to the player. The facial animations could have been a little bit better, lip syncing didn't really add up well but apart from that the game looked, to put it simple: Awesome. Running through the forest with the wind kicking in harshly at times, with absolutely amazing lighting effects was just plain cool. All in all the graphics are quite satisfying at times and just all around a good looking game.
Final Rundown - Alan Wake is one of the best story telling games ever made, I was completely blown away with the outstanding writing. The characters were just very enjoyable and showed excellent voice acting. The gameplay is addictive and just plain fun. I recommend this game to anyone who has or is thinking of buying a Xbox 360.
Great & Suspenseful Story.
Excellent Voice Acting.
Unique Gameplay That Will Get You Hooked.
Lot's of Fun Goodies to Collect.
Jumping is clunking.